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December, 2016  Issue 71
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Dear Member,

As an artists' organization, we are saddened by the loss of so many talented young lives in the Ghost Ship fire. Many of us had or still have work spaces in unsafe buildings. The issues surrounding affordable work spaces and the cost of bringing buildings up to code are complex and there is no simple answer. Neither evicting tenants nor ignoring safety are the right answers.  As artists we need to continue to bring unsafe conditions to the attention of landlords and support them in their efforts to make creative environments safer.   

2016 has been a rich and satisfying year for NCWCA members, with professional development opportunities, annual land-art project, two exhibitions, Open Engagement conference in Oakland, Art Tag, monthly meetings featuring speakers, art share and art-making, and Art Journey Retreat. The Board will meet in January to evaluate the chapter's 2016 goals and set new ones that will inspire members in 2017. 

You, your family and friends are invited to the F*ck U! In the Most Loving Way reception on December 17, 7-9 PM at Arc Gallery at 1246 Folsom St, San Francisco. In addition to viewing national and featured artists' works on the gallery walls, you will enjoy snacking on a nice Mediterranean spread and view the premiere of "Rulers," a performance by Emma Sulkowicz and Violet Overn. For those of you who participated in the Creating Space photoshoot or sent selfies in, the poster will be up and also available for purchase. 

Judy Johnson-Williams is hosting our annual year-end party on Dec. 27 starting at 6:00 pm. Bring a White Elephant item from your studio (a tool or art material to give to that special someone), a list of bad juju to burn, and a potluck item to eat or drink. We're also making edible ugly Christmas sweaters this year. It's a time to laugh, enjoy each other's company and stimulate our creative minds. Her studio is located at 347 Lewis St, Oakland.

Warmest wishes for a wonderful Holiday Season!

Priscilla Otani, Editor  
Sheila Pree Bright  Plastic Bodies_Untitled 14 copySaturday, December 17 is the opening of our long-anticipated show, F*ck U! In the Most Loving Way. We invite all members to attend and to bring family, partner, friends and colleagues. The reception is from 7-9 pm and every minute will be filled with things to see and do. (Left: Sheila Pree Bright's "Plastic Bodies.")  

Our events program continues to evolve as well. SF State just added a parallel event where Emma Sulkowicz and Violet Overn will give a lecture on campus on December 19 starting at 3 pm. They will discuss their collaborative work, including their performance of "Rulers," which will premier at our opening reception on December 17. The lecture is in HUM 133 on the SF State campus and is free and open to the public. The address is 1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco.

As we near the opening, we want to acknowledge our many contributors. This exhibition cannot achieve its ambitious results without a large cast of people helping to make it happen. Every member of the exhibition committee has been working non-stop, from logistics to publicity to communicating with artists to negotiations with caterers to creating publicity material to managing the volunteer app to testing video equipment for the opening to working on art intake and gallery preparation. Thanks to our press agent Sally Douglas Arce, this show has garnered a great deal of press attention with many artists being interviewed. Chapter members have responded generously to our call for volunteers - nearly all of the December 17 position openings have now been filled. 9th Street Independent Film Center donated their space and projectionist for all three of our January events. Trader Joe's has given us a grant to help with reception food costs. Students at SF State are volunteering to help video and photo-document the opening. This is what creating community and implementing an ambitious project is all about.     

For a complete list of events associated with F*ck U! click here
Chiao_G_ConcubineGina Chiao, 無欲則剛 (Lack of Desire Makes You Stronger), Art Center of  The Tainan University of Technology, No. 529, Zhongzheng Rd, Yongkang District, Tainan City, Nov 27, 2016 – January 4, 2017. On November 8, 2016, the Chiayi City Art Museum on 11/08/2016 added Gina’s work to their collection. This follows the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts adding her work to their collection in 2015 (see Gina's work, left).

Sandra Yagi, The Investment Banker, letterpress limited edition print produced in collaboration with Bert Green Fine Art (Chicago) and Aardvark Letterpress (Los Angeles). Bert Green will feature this collection at the LA Art Fair in January. Also in Wanderlust, Modern Eden, 802 Greenwich St, San Francisco, Dec 10-31 (see "Greetings from the Third Circle of Hell" below).
Barbara Bryn Klare, Marvelous! International Exhibition of Collage, Assemblage and Construction, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S High St, Sebastopol, January 6 - February 12, 2017. Also Nasty Women exhibition at The Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, Queens, NY, January 12 - 15, 2017.
Kerith Lisi, Tiny, STUDIO Gallery, 1641 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, Nov. 11 - Dec. 23.
Salma Arastu, Golden Moments, Grove Salon, 1483 Solano Ave, Albany Oct 20- Jan 15.  
Marian Yap, Out of the Comfort Zone, San Mateo City Hall Gallery, 330 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo Nov 3 – Jan 4. Also published work in Poetry Collection Journal, Prolific Press.
Victoria Veedell,  Small Works, Artworks Downtown, 1337 4th St. San Rafael, Nov. 18 - Dec. 23. Also Tiny, Studio Gallery, 1641 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, Nov 11 – Dec 23. 
Michelle Waters, Tiny, Studio Gallery, 1641 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, Nov 11 - Dec 23. Also Tiny Treasures, Cactus Gallery,  3001 North Coolidge Ave, Los Angeles, Nov 12 - Dec 31. Also HARK, Kaleid Gallery, 88 S 4th St, San Jose, Dec 2 - Jan 14
Laurie Toby Edison, Portraiture, PH21 Gallery, H-1092, Ráday u. 55 Budapest, Hungary, Nov 24 – Dec 13.
Members, get your shows and workshops listed in News & Notes, NCWCA Calendar and on the NCWCA website! Send jpg image of your work in the show and information about the show to ncwcachapter@gmail.com.

Renew or join NCWCA now to take advantage of the current membership rates. Starting January 1, rates increase by $10. 2016 memberships expire on December 31. If you have images on our online gallery, they will disappear on January 1 until you pay your 2017 dues. Remember too, membership privileges include announcements in this newsletter, using NCWCA's gmail account, and listing your shows on our website. To join or renew click here.  

Welcome Melissa Harmon, Clara Saprasa, Delgreta Brown, Marguerite Elliot. Thanks for renewing Victoria Veedell, Karen Gutfreund, Mary Shisler, Ann Ingraham, Orlonda Uffre, Mague Calanche, Michelle Waters, Jane Neilson.

Work by Ann Ingraham

Chapter meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month. Look for agenda and activity details on our webpage.
Let's carpool! Email ncwcachapter@gmail.com if you need a ride or can offer a ride.
Jan: no meeting, Board retreat
Feb 14: San Francisco
Mar 14: Oakland
Apr 11: Alameda
May 9: Redwood City
Jun 13: Oakland
July 11: San Francisco
August 8: San Mateo
Sept 12: Oakland
Oct 11: San Francisco
Nov 14: San Mateo
Dec: Year-end party in Oakland 

To join this Facebook group, go to the Women Artists to Know page and click Join. A moderator will add you to the group. Share your favorite artists! We now have over 1000 participants from all over the US and abroad!
December honors sculpture and assemblage artists! Work below by Becky McDonah. 

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Dec 17 Opening reception for F*ck U! In the Most Loving Way at Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom St, SF

Dec 27 Year-end party at Judy Johnson-Williams' studio, 347 Lewis St. Time to burn bad juju.
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